Growing Irish Potatoes in the North Carolina Piedmont

When it comes to potatoes, aren’t we all a bit Irish?  I adore the earthy orbs, baked, boiled, steamed, or fried; and I’d be quite content to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  When I ate my first homegrown ones though — little baby spring taters robbed from the plants that morning and then … More Growing Irish Potatoes in the North Carolina Piedmont

Garden Authority

It has been too long since I held communion with the Green Realm.  Around these parts, it is a quiet time.  Only the evergreens remain to add their chlorophyll ease to eyes weary of browns and grays. Yet, there is work to be done.  I cut down the withered stalks of dead flowers, scattering their … More Garden Authority

Freeing Seeds

I will never forget the first time I watched Grandpa Jack deadhead a marigold and scatter its seeds.  It was a flat out miracle.  I took high school biology, so I knew about the birds and the bees, but somehow I never quite put it together that flower seeds would be a part of the … More Freeing Seeds

Action in the Hood #1

The folks in my neighborhood were at it again this week.  This time it was a post about the movie Obama’s America 2016 that spurred the listserv monitor to write in and remind everyone that: “The purpose of our listserv is for discussing matters related to our community such as getting recommendations for various household … More Action in the Hood #1

Organic Applesauce

I would definitely have eaten the apple.  Wouldn’t have even waited for Adam to name it.  So when it’s apple season — ah, glorious, glorious autumn — I try to bring into our home as many of the juicy orbs as I can.  We eat them raw, in pies, in cakes and in breads, and … More Organic Applesauce

Harvesting Honey

As a child I went often with Papa Bear and Small Bear on The Big Honey Hunt.  Over river and through dale I laughed and laughed as Papa Bear chased his bee, sticking his paw into every tree but the honey tree.  Back then it never troubled me that the final message of the book … More Harvesting Honey

Mystery Pot Pie

If I can keep my kids guessing, there’s a chance a veggie or two might make its way into their bellies.  So sometimes when they ask: “Mom, what’s for dinner?” I simply answer “Pie!”  It definitely works until they notice the bread instead of ice cream a la mode.  But even if they pick their … More Mystery Pot Pie

Mucking About

All of a sudden the green realm around these parts is popping.  This sphere of dirt and air and light and water humming with the mysterious sparking spirit that beckons life from the depths of winter.  The budding trees and upward pushing perennials send out a kinetic quaking that creates a similar quickening in me.  … More Mucking About